What is the comparison of the book of Holes and Monsters?I suppose I would like to know what both books have in common.

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In both stories, Holes and Monster, the protagonists each become caught up in trouble with the law.

The mood in each story is quite different: Holes is more light-hearted and comic, while Monster is much more serious, as are the charges against both young men.

Stanley (Holes) is wrongfully accused of stealing, and Steve (Monster) is accused as an accessory to murder. Each is ultimately cleared of the charges against him, but in both stories, each young man grows beyond who he was initially.  Each one develops a clearer understanding of who he is, who he wants to be, and in what direction the path he eventually chooses for his life will move.  (In this, also, Steve--in Monster--finds this to be a immensely life-altering experience.)

The stories also look more deeply into the connections and associations we choose to make with others.  In Stanley's case, this is a saving grace: everything positive that happens after arriving at the "detention camp" is based on the positive connections he develops with the other boys.

However, in Monster, Steve's undoing is based on the choice he makes in friends; making a foolish choice to be "friends" with James King almost costs Steve his freedom.

In many ways, the stories are both about a "rite of passage," where the protagonist in each leaves his identity of self before each incident, behind, and moves into adulthood with a clearer purpose and a stronger sense of self-worth.

Both stories end on a note of hope and optimism regarding our individual journeys in life, specifically with the idea of what we have been, and what we can become, if we are paying attention, and, as with Steve, if are lucky enough to get--and use--a second chance to our benefit.